Spam Comments on my Blog

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Hi,

I have a blog on recipes, it's a new blog like two months old, problem is I keep getting comments on my content that is totally unrelated to the content commented on. Is there a way to control this?
#blog #comments #spam
  • Profile picture of the author awsproduct
    Hi, it depends on your CMS that you use
    If you use Wordpress, there is a Plugins, his name is Akismet
    Go to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/plugin-install.php and make a search for Akismet is free
    If you use another CMS, you should make a plugin that protects your blog from comment spam.
    Good luck,
    Chouaib Founani .


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    • Profile picture of the author ejoka1986
      Originally Posted by awsproduct View Post

      Hi, it depends on your CMS that you use
      If you use Wordpress, there is a Plugins, his name is Akismet
      Go to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/plugin-install.php and make a search for Akismet is free
      If you use another CMS, you should make a plugin that protects your blog from comment spam.
      Good luck,
      Chouaib Founani .


      I am using wordpress as my CMS, and I have Akismet installed and activated but I still keep getting these unrelated comments all over my contents
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      • Profile picture of the author Myles Sinclair
        Originally Posted by ejoka1986 View Post

        I am using wordpress as my CMS, and I have Akismet installed and activated but I still keep getting these unrelated comments all over my contents
        Akismet normally does a great job at dealing with spam. As well as activating the plugin it is also necessary to obtain and enter an API key. I suspect some people may miss that bit. Take a look and make sure the API key is present.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexter007
    If akismet plugin is not working for you, try some plugin that gives captcha code mandatory submission for commenting on your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author ejoka1986
      Originally Posted by Dexter007 View Post

      If akismet plugin is not working for you, try some plugin that gives captcha code mandatory submission for commenting on your blog.
      This is good, I am going to do that! thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I would not allow people to comment because if you do, you will get a lot of spam. If you can get to the point where you can approve or disapprove posts, this would be best for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author ejoka1986
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      I would not allow people to comment because if you do, you will get a lot of spam. If you can get to the point where you can approve or disapprove posts, this would be best for you.
      Currently I am doing that, and its boring
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    • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
      Firstly, you should consider moderating your comments if you are not already doing so. A captcha wouldn't be my first solution, it's really annoying. If the amount of spam comments you are getting is not too much, I would go with simply deleting them every once in a while. Since they will not be approved directly (assuming you are moderating), it will not cause any problem to your content. But if you are getting a lot of spam comments, I would consider putting a captcha.

      Not allowing comments is definitely not a good idea if you want to run a long-term blog. User interaction is vital for blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I used to use spam plugins and soon they would get overloaded and the site wouldn't work so I would have to delete the plugn to even get in.

    Now I use a captcha on sign up and one on login. I also use picture captchas and have alot less problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewM
    If I were you I'd install a facebook comment plugin and remove comments. This way you can possibly pull more traffic from facebook from people commenting or liking your post.
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    • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
      Hey that is something I never thought of, Thanks thats a great idea for social media marketing.

      Originally Posted by MatthewM View Post

      If I were you I'd install a facebook comment plugin and remove comments. This way you can possibly pull more traffic from facebook from people commenting or liking your post.
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      • Profile picture of the author MatthewM
        No problem another way to pull facebook traffic to your blog post is locking content. Say you have a video or post about a free script or landing page, free video etc. Lock the download link. You can get a script from codecanyon called like locker plus. You can also lock opt in forms. GO VIRAL!!!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author ribechi
      Originally Posted by MatthewM View Post

      If I were you I'd install a facebook comment plugin and remove comments. This way you can possibly pull more traffic from facebook from people commenting or liking your post.
      This is exactly what i did in mine and deactivated the wp comment function. I have nothing to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff101
    Akismet does catch most automated and unrelated blog comments. You can use manual moderation, no matter how boring it is, with Akismet.

    Commenting system Disqus also get a lot less spam than regular Wordpress commenting system.
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  • Profile picture of the author DexterGallagher
    Use Bulk comment remover, done in one click

    Sorry, it;s a wordpress plugin .
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    The best Way to Stop Spam Comments is to use captcha in your comment form. You can easily get free captcha plugin for wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    Wordpress spam prevention plug ins are a really good way to prevent spam. However, you could simply moderate the comments. You will be able to see at a glance which comments are unrelated to your blog. For those situations, you could simply ignore or mass delete all spam comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I just disable mine... straight content. If leads/followers/customers have a question... they know my email address.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    There is an easy fix for this I installed bulk remove comments its a free plugin on WordPress one click and they all disappear like magic.
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  • Profile picture of the author neelshopno123
    Originally Posted by ejoka1986 View Post

    Hi,

    I have a blog on recipes, it's a new blog like two months old, problem is I keep getting comments on my content that is totally unrelated to the content commented on. Is there a way to control this?
    Generally, Captcha works fine for robot comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author archy22
    I appreciate all of your suggestions. Blogs are always targeted by spammers and I had been facing this problem. Blocking and not allowing people to comment would not be a good idea according to me, in case you are blogging about something expecting a feedback from your readers.I feel a more technical answer would suit this question. Being a programmer and a blogger, I would use rel="nofollow" attribute in places where I would anticipate the spammer might add link by themselves including inside the comment or trackbacks or even referral lists. The best place to add this attribute is the actual links which spammers can create.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    Originally Posted by ejoka1986 View Post

    I am using wordpress as my CMS, and I have Akismet installed and activated but I still keep getting these unrelated comments all over my contents
    If comment spam gets through Akismet's net, mark it as comment spam in your Comments Panel. Do not delete it. By marking it "comment spam", the information is sent to Akismet and added to the community-created database.

    Frequently, check through the caught comment spam in the Akismet Panel to look for false/negatives, legitimate comment spam that has been caught by Akismet. Mark it as Not Spam and click Despam at the bottom of the page to remove these comments from the list.
    Akismet is the best option I find.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Delos
    First you need to understand the spam comments are there because they want a link. Here are some options to stop it:

    Facebook comment plugin as already suggested (or other social media login)

    Disqus comment system

    Make links in comments nofollow or disallow urls in comment entirely.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Adams
    Another solution would be to ban specific IP addresses which keep posting spam. Chances are, the spammers are all using related IP's and after a few failed attempts to access the site or comment, they will get frustrated with your site
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  • Profile picture of the author Sgt Kraut
    If you are using WordPress you could try the Conditional Captcha plugin with reCAPTCHA and Akismet. The reCAPTCHA captchas are harder to crack for the tools spammers use.
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    • Profile picture of the author kellymonaghan
      I haven't installed Captcha because I am afraid it will discourage commenters, as it does me when I encounter it.

      You should be getting the spammer's ip address which you can block in your.htaccess file. A hassle, but effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sgt Kraut
    I agree that captchas can be annoying. Therefore I recommended to use the Conditional Captcha plugin with Akismet which you can set up to only show a captcha when the visitor is "suspicious".
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      I use a combination of Akismet and Bad Behavior plugins. I also manually approve all first comments. Since doing that, I have to delete a few manual spam comments a month, but it's no big deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author warrior2008
    Looks like this thread is well handled but yes years ago I had the same problem. Adult content spammed on my "snitz" forum and WP comments are of my site. I locked down comments, and used a WP plugin but had to delete the forum for the time being. Sorry to hear that.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    Have the same problem, they comment on the blog because they want to get a back link back to their site.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessicah
    If the problem persists, I recommend captcha for every comment posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author lcjordan
    I make all my sites so that the first comment from a person has to be approved before it will post. It takes a little bit of time to grab the legit comments, but it's worth it. I also have comments that include links flagged as spam automatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Jock
    If you're using Wordpress, get Akismet and GASP and moderate all comments.

    You can download GASP here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/growma...pambot-plugin/
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    • Profile picture of the author 1rlewis
      I personally don't like captcha. I fail more of them, than I pass. It almost always takes two or 3 tries for me.

      For my clients that want an online contact form, or comments without moderation, I use PlayThru's areyouahuman.
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    You can use and activate Akismet if you are using Wordpress.

    In fact this plugin has already been pre-installed once you activated Wordpress into your domain.
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    • You can have recaptcha plugin as well so comments need to be human
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    • Profile picture of the author victoriamon
      Originally Posted by amuro View Post

      You can use and activate Akismet if you are using Wordpress.

      In fact this plugin has already been pre-installed once you activated Wordpress into your domain.
      I don't think that Akismet is pre install? You need to have lincence for that as well.

      Using thir party comment system like Disgus, livewire etc can be more helpful whilce fb comment is also meaningful.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    I would use a third-party commenting system like LiveFyre or Disqus,then simply install Askimet. You're done!
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  • Profile picture of the author extravalue
    It depends. The easiest way to get rid of spam comment is turn-off comment feature. Apart from spam comment filtering plugin, you may get user to pay for comments they leave into your WordPress blog. You get paid for review, person who leave comment get their comment published, in the way they wanted to.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingdynasty
    Yes you should use spam plugins and keep their comments in moderation if they are unrelated and spam then you should not approved them.
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  • Profile picture of the author hostdare
    You can use Akismet for this.I am using it and its worth
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimbrown123
    Try to use reCAPTCHA in comment form submission. you also have lots of plugins like Akismet and Bad Behavior and they work great. Disqus comment system also work better so do which suits you.
    if nothing works for you, try to do manually, it's best among those.
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